Iowa Cubs games
Ongoing. Cheer on the Des Moines home team at downtown Principal Park through the summer season with a domestic draft and a helmet full of popcorn. For the full schedule, visit iowacubs.com.
Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 NASCAR Series
May 19-20 at the Iowa Speedway, 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive, Newton. It’s all horsepower as the Iowa Speedway’s summer racing season kicks off with the 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series, which features a pre-race concert with Loose Neutral (2:15 p.m.), an autograph session, driver introductions and practice races on Saturday, and a pre-race concert with Bucky Covington (10:30 a.m.) before the big race at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Go to iowaspeedway.com for a full schedule.
June 2 at DMACC’s Ankeny Campus, 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny. Fifteen of Iowa’s finest chefs team up with 15 Iowa wineries to present gourmet pork offerings and wine samples at the sixth annual Swine Festival. Acoustic cover band The Guilty Pleasures will perform. $35 gets you a bottle of wine, a commemorative wine glass and unlimited wine and pork samples. Pretty sweet. More info at swinefestival.com.
June 3-9 at Nollen Plaza, 300 Locust St., and additional locations. Celebrate 10 years of the city’s premiere wine festival with big events like YP-favorite Sips & The City (June 8) and The Grand Tasting (June 9). Other events include the Iowa Lawn Party (June 3) at Jasper Winery, tastings at local Dahl’s stores and a She Said Wine - He Said Beer dinner (June 6). The full schedule is up at winefestdesmoines.com.
June 8-11 in the East Village. Celebrate the city’s LGBT community with parades, a street party, scavenger hunt and more around the East Village. Check out capitalcitypride.org.
Golden Circle Games
June 13 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, East 30th Street and East University Avenue. In a summer packed with Spider-Man, Batman and the Avengers movies, it makes sense that the Young Professionals Connection would pick a superhero theme for its annual competition. Teams compete in unusual and offbeat “sports” to raise money and collect supplies for the I Have a Dream Foundation and Children and Family Urban Ministries. Get more info at ypcdsm.com.
Iowa Corn Indy 250
June 23 at the Iowa Speedway, 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive, Newton. The Iowa Speedway’s most popular race will once again take place under the lights. The evening race will include a pre-show concert featuring Marlee Scott. The weekend will kick off with the USAC Challenge Racing Series and IndyCar Qualifying Race on Friday night at 7 p.m., which will be followed by a concert featuring Route 66. Go to iowaspeedway.com.
July 12-15 at 210 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny. Several activities make up this fun weekend in Ankeny, including a carnival, parade, live music, “Ankeny Idol” karaoke contest and cardboard boat regatta. Go to ankenysummerfest.org for a complete schedule of events.
48 Hour Film Project screenings
Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 16, Fleur Cinema, 4545 Fleur Drive. In late July local teams will write and film short movies over the course of a weekend. In August local film-lovers can enjoy the fruits of their labors. On Aug. 1-2 all the films will be screened at the Fleur Cinema, while on Aug. 16 the best of the best will be part of the Best of Des Moines Celebration Red Carpet Extravaganza. Find more info at 48hourfilm.com/desmoines.
Iowa State Fair
Aug. 9-19 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. University Ave. It’s 11 days of foods on a stick, people-watching and staring in disbelief at the Big Boar’s ... size. Just because you’ve gone every year since you were 2 doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go a half a dozen times this year. Where else could you see a cow made out of butter? Trying to make your own in the garage was a huge mistake. Go to iowastatefair.org.